Chelsea star told to take a paycut and leave Chelsea

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Chelsea star Christian Pulisic has been told to take a paycut and leave Chelsea in order to get more playing time.

The USA captain has majorly struggled for minutes at Chelsea this season, limiting his preparation for the World Cup later this month.

Former USA goalkeeper Kasey Keller believes Pulisic should not be wasting his talent on the bench at Chelsea.

“I think part of the issue for Christian Pulisic initially was injuries. It’s been two steps forward, two back,” Keller told Betway.

“He’d really establish himself, and then he’d get injured. I never have a problem with a player looking for more playing time.

“I understand there is potentially less salary out there than Chelsea, but there’s also a part of you that says you have a finite amount of time.

“I was lucky, I had a 20-year career, if you’re an outfield player and you’ve had 14 years you’ve had a brilliant career.

“But do you want to look back on it and say I had 200 starts, on and off the bench, or I had 500 starts and 300 off the bench? OK maybe I left money on the table, but only the individual can answer that.

“What I’d love to see Pulisic do is win a starting spot at Chelsea, honestly that’s what I’d love more than anything but there is a point where he needs to decide what’s more important.”

The 24-year-old winger featured for just 12 minutes in Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat by Arsenal on Sunday.